Bern Earl Jackson, 58, affectionately called Bradley, heard God’s call and he took His hand and answered his call on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on May 4, 1954, he was the son of the late Fred Jackson and Verlene Sumpter Graham Jackson.
Bern Earl joined St. James United Methodist Church at an early age. He graduated from Sumter High School. After graduating from High School, he attended and graduated from Sumter Area Technical College. He enjoyed bowling and for many years, he bowled on a league at the Sumter Bowling Alley.
Bern Earl was a kind man who enjoyed giving ad helping everyone. He would give to others even if it was his last. He was known for having had one of the most loving and sweet spirit. He was always polite to everyone he met. He loved his sisters, brothers and especially his nieces and nephews. He was well known in the community and was loved by many. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories: four sisters, Bertha (Levi) Anderson of Sumter, Rosalene (Jeff) Searson of Augusta, GA, Freddie (James) Clea of Rembert and Florence (Isaac) Levy of Fayetteville, N. C.; two brothers, Therel (Barbara) Jackson of Sumter and James (Connie) Jackson of Columbia; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Graham, and his sister, Catherine Graham Oaks.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from the St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Mary L. Johnson, pastor, the Rev. Doris Bright, presiding, the Rev. Jeff Searson, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Bobby Shaw.
The family will receive family and friends at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Therel and Barbara Jackson, 9 Brown Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Therel and Barbara Jackson at 10:30 a. m.
Floral Bearers will be nieces and friends.
Pall Bearers will be nephews.
Burial will be in the Dick’s Cemetery, Sumter.